I’m back

Posted: November 12th, 2009 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | 2 Comments »


I’m back and official. today i finally got my portuguese residence card. which means that we will never have to go back to the immigration office ever again (i hope). don’t worry, it didn’t just show up in the mail like it was supposed to, it was returned to sender. so i had to call the immigration office to make an appointment to see where my card was. but that’s not all: no one there speaks english, and speaking portuguese on the telephone without the aid of hand gestures and looks of confusion is pretty much impossible. so i had to have a portuguese friend call and talk to the office for me. he even offered to go with me to help translate. so today we went, checked in, took a number, waited for 2 hours, and then finally our number was called. we walked up to the desk and i threw down my most used phrase: “fala ingles?”, ┬áthe woman replied with a confident “yes”. this was the first time in the history of immigration office slogs that anyone there spoke english at all, let alone a “yes”. so i told her what happened and she came back 2 minutes later with my ticket to portuguese success.

other notables since my last update: we had some visitors (eric’s photos), ate more fish, came really close to buying a car, finished our portuguese classes, helped install a wood floor in a friend’s clothing shop, and most recently we took a trip back to America to visit family. now we’re back, portuguese style.

ok bye

2 Comments on “I’m back”

  1. 1 Eric said at 12:42 pm on November 18th, 2009:

    Wow, your wedding band is really shiny…it almost looks new.

  2. 2 admin said at 3:57 am on November 19th, 2009:

    it does look brand new. almost like it’s only 3 weeks old.

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